(Includes versions for Kontakt 5, Maschine, and wavs)



Straight Ahead Samples is pleased to announce DJ Harrison’s LAYBACK/THROWBACK. Channeling the spirit of artists & producers like J-Dilla, ?uestlove, Madlib, D’Angelo and Herbie Hancock, LAYBACK/THROWBACK creates a sonic world all its own.  In this unique collection, producer/multi-instrumentatlist, DJ Harrison shares hundreds of looped grooves, melodic and chordal ideas, distinct production choices and sound effects offered as inspirational leaping-off points to get the create juices flowing.


Key Features

  • Over 300 super-groovy and vibey loops.  Drums, basses, guitars, pianos, rhodes, synths, organs, multi-percussion.
  • 3 formats.  Kontakt 5, Maschine, and wav.
  • Tons of Effects. Filters, distortions, compressors, bit-crushers, delays and reverbs.  (Kontakt version only)
  • Sampled Drum Kit blends seamlessly with the loops.  Using the same recording and drum setup as the loops, we sampled DJ Harrison’s kit to be able to blend with the drum loops.
  • Mutli-mic sampling of drums.  Mix the individual microphones on the drum kit to your own liking and apply effects to each individual channel.  (Kontakt version only).
  • MPC Drum Triggers.  With the touch of a button, turn on different MPC kick and snare samples that are triggered exactly with the drum grooves recorded in the loops.  Mix them in to your liking with the mixer.
  • Transpose Pitched instruments up or down by half-steps, up to 1 octave. 


Tempo List

  • 1001 – 80bpm
  • 1002 – 80bpm
  • 1005 – 80bpm
  • 1006 – 80bpm
  • 1011 – 118bpm
  • 1012 – 118bpm
  • 1015 – 118bpm
  • 1016 – 118bpm
  • 1021 – 94bpm
  • 1022 – 94bpm
  • 1025 – 91bpm
  • 1026 – 91bpm
  • 1031 – 79bpm
  • 1035 – 102bpm
  • 1036 – 102bpm
  • 1038 – 90bpm
  • 1041 – 115bpm
  • 1042 – 115bpm
  • 1045 – 115bpm
  • 1046 – 115bpm
  • 1047 – 115bpm
  • 1048 – 115bpm
  • 1051 – 97bpm
  • 1055 – 94bpm
  • 1056 – 94bpm
  • 1061 – 94bpm
  • 1062 – 94bpm
  • 1065 – 80bpm
  • 1066 – 80bpm
  • 1071 – 80bpm
  • 1072 – 80bpm
  • 1075 – 80bpm
  • 1076 – 80bpm




About the Recording Process:

Devonne Harris (aka DJ Harrison) spent several days in the studio. With all manner of instruments setup and ready to go, he bounced around the studio playing every instrument. He started with drum grooves at different tempos and feels. Then, maybe he’d lay down and bassline or some chords on the rhodes. He continued to overdub and fill in each piece until he felt sure it was as “full” as it could be. The result is 34 ridiculously-groovy, vibey, and unique vignettes chock full of inspiring melodic, chordal, and rhythmic ideas that are sure to get the creative juices flowing.




About DJ Harrison

Producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist DJ Harrison (aka Devonne Harris) is equally at home playing serious jazz as he is making hip-hop beats in his studio.  Member of the group Butcher Brown (featured on the new album Numbers by jazz trumpet great Nicholas Payton) and co-founder of the Richmond, VA record label Jellowstone Records (subsidiary of Ropeadope Records). In addition to being a member of Butcher Brown, he’s worked, in jazz and hip-hop realms, with artists like Nicholas Payton, Robert Glasper , Count Bass D, John D’earth, Amaury Acosta’s Unity, NOBS Brass Band, Ohbliv. His work with Butcher Brown is also heard on the track by 50 cent, “50’s my Favorite”.



Check out DJ Harrison’s record label Jellowstone Records (a subsidiary of Ropeadope Records).

Check out more of DJ Harrison’s music.